My Bucket List | 50 before 50

Travelling leaves you speechless, then turns you into a story teller – Ibn Battuta

This is one of my all time favourite quotes, which I only truly understood the real meaning of, a few years ago. Travel has always been in my blood, and from an early age, my parents dedicated every summer holiday to exploring new destinations together. Travel, turned into something magical for me the older I got as I truly started to immerse in different cultures, tried authentic dishes, and learned about different people – all of which opened a complete perspective as to how magnificent our world is. It is these beautiful memories which inspired the start of my blog, and I smile, when I read back on all the adventures we have been on, all the beautiful places we have seen.

Turning 30 this year, was not nearly as scary as I have been led to believe, or rather, as modern culture pins the “dirty thirties”. I celebrated my 3rd decade, in paradise, The Seychelles, which happened to be on my bucket list for a very long time, and while it was absolute perfection, the experience also made me realise, how much more there is to discover in this world – and how much more I had to see.

With that said, here is my refined “50 experiences, before turning 50” list:

  1. Watch the sunrise from a hot air balloon in Cappadocia, Turkey
  2. Visit the temples of Chiang Mai, Thailand
  3. Shop in the Marrakesh souqs
  4. Visit an organic Argan factory in Essouira, Morocco
  5. Go ice skating in NYC Central Park, USA
  6. Have breakfast in front of Tiffany’s just like in the movie, NYC, USA
  7. Watch the sunset in Santorini, Greece
  8. Bask in the majesty of Florence
  9. Capture priceless moments in Cinque Terre
  10. Visit a tea plantation and elephant orphanage in Sri Lanka
  11. Dance to live music on the streets in Havana, Cuba
  12. Learn to tango in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  13. Watch the cherry blossoms in Tokyo, Japan
  14. Visit Ancient Egypt in Luxor, Egypt
  15. Marvel at the world wonder of Pamukkale, Turkey
  16. Go back to my birthplace in Melacca, Malaysia
  17. Book a yoga retreat in Bali, Indonesia
  18. Enjoy the street life culture in Singapore
  19. Swim in the best beach in Boracay, Philippines
  20. Eat original waffles and Belgian frites in Brussels, Belgium
  21. Meet Elie Saab during Fashion Week in Milan, and wear an original dress
  22. Make my own perfume in Grasse, France
  23. Run across the lavender fields in Provence, France
  24. Ride a bike along the promenade in Nice, France
  25. Spend a night at the InterContinental Cannes, France
  26. Go on a romantic date in Paris, France
  27. Go on a cruise of the North Sea and stop in each of the Scandinavian countries
  28. Enjoy a siesta in Barcelona, Spain
  29. Sail on a yacht along the coast of Bodrum, Turkey
  30. Visit the Neuschwanstein castle in Bavaria, Germany
  31. Row a boat in Lake Bled, Slovenia
  32. Listen to the Sea Organ in Zadar, Croatia
  33. Go snorkeling in the Maldives
  34. Bask in the beauty of Ireland’s nature
  35. Find the most majestic waterfall in Costa Rica
  36. Walk the Great Wall of China
  37. Swim with dolphins in Hawaii
  38. Explore the old charms of Zanzibar, Tanzania
  39. Wear wellies and have a real English high tea experience in London
  40. Go on a wine tasting tour in Napa Valley, USA
  41. Enjoy Creole culture in New Orleans, USA
  42. Take a historical and culinary trip of the entire Italy from north to south and east to west on a Vespa
  43. Visit the Pink City of Jaipur, India
  44. Watch ballet in the Sydney Opera House, Australia
  45. Delight in the magic of Petra and swim in the Dead Sea, Jordan
  46. Visit Byblos and enjoy the nightlife of Beirut, Lebanon
  47. Visit Jerusalem
  48. Admire the culture of Budapest, Hungary
  49. Island hopping in the Bahamas
  50. Make my own chocolate in Switzerland

After 50, the sky is the limit 🙂 Have you ever been to any of these destinations? I would love to hear about your experiences!





Disclaimer: All views are my own and all photographs are © My Pink Diary, unless otherwise stated. 

4 thoughts on “My Bucket List | 50 before 50

  1. Sherrie says:

    You should add French Polynesia to your list! We spent 2 weeks on a catamaran sailing between Raitea, Tahaa and Bora Bora. The most amazing experience!
    While your in NYC, you need to take the train north into New England and visit Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, etc.
    Two years ago, my Mom’s bucket list included Ireland and Scotland. Two very different environments but both were awesome!
    Enjoy checking off your list! I’m working on mine but I’m 51 🙂

  2. Jasmin says:

    I can find a lot of similarities to my bucket list and since we will surely still be friends when we both turn 50, I am also certain that we will experience some of these activities together. xx Love, Jasmin

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